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Description - Arlington State Forest is a small parcel of land comprised of 225 acres lying between East Arlington and North Bennington in the southwestern corner of the state. The rugged ridges of West Mountain require prior approval upon entry. This land is used primarily for hiking and hunting. Visitor information may be obtained by contacting the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation.

Attractions - Arlington State Forest lies on very steep terrain between the towns of East Arlington and North Bennington. Hunting and hiking are permitted with prior access arrangements.

Recreation - Located several miles north of the populous cities Bennington and North Bennington, this very rugged mountainous region requires a special use permit for those interested in exploring its lands. Hunting and hiking are the two recreations available. Call 802-241-3670 or email parks@fpr.anr.state.vt.us for permission. Immediately south of the forestland is Lake Shaftsbury State Park, which rests on the shores of the lake bearing the same name. This picturesque park serves as a good overnight spot for hikers and hunter whose plans include exploring the high country of Arlington State Forest. Lake Shaftsbury is a developed park offering camping, fishing, hiking, picnicking, a playground, swimming, boating and boat rental.

Climate - Winter daytime temperatures average above 18 degrees Fahrenheit (above -8 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures average above 70 degrees Fahrenheit (above 21 Celsius). Much of the state's precipitation is the result of snow, particularly throughout the mountains. The Places in History Travel Region has an average precipitation of more than 44 inches (more than 112 centimeters). However, along the eastern boundary of this region, precipitation drops between 36 and 40 inches (91 to 102 centimeters).

Location - From East Arlington travel west on SR 313 then south on 7A to reach Arlington State Forest.

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Contact Information:
Vermont Dept. of Forests Parks & Recreation, 103 South Main Street , Waterbury, VT, 05671-0601, Phone: 802-241-3670, Fax: 802-244-1481
, parks@fpr.anr.state.vt.us

Additional Information:
Southern Vermont - Southern Vermont is also known as the Places in History Travel Region due to the historical significance prior to the Revolutionary War and beyond. The 20th century presented the famed artist Norman Rockwell and the city of Brattleboro boasts as the location where Rudyard Kipling produced his finest writings. Beautiful roadways lend themselves to the discovery of nearly a dozen covered bridges, many of which reside on the National Register of Historic Places.
Vermont State Parks and Forests - Vermont has over 50 state parks and over 2,200 campsites and shelters available for seasonal use. Most state parks permit cross-country skiing and several permit snowmobiling on designated routes. Vermont also offers over 35 state forests open for recreation use along with four rail trails and nearly a dozen historic sites.


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